APBP E-news | June 3, 2014
In this edition:
|Register for Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place by July 11!|
you’re in Pittsburgh, visit APBP’s booth at the conference and join
other members at the Annual Meeting on September 9 where you can meet
colleagues who are Annual Award honorees, scholarship recipients and
candidates for the APBP Board. Note: June 6 is new deadline to apply for
a scholarship. June 13 is new deadline for APBP award nominations.
Nominations to run for one of three APBP Board positions remain open
until July 11. APBP especially encourages local coordinators and
state/provincial coordinators to step up.
State of the Practice
> Who’s paying attention to walking, bicycling and public transportation? (1) Millennials! (2) Millennials and Boomers! Two recent surveys offer insights for successful cities of the future. A survey by the Rockefeller Foundation and Transportation for America suggests that “54 percent of Millennials surveyed would consider moving to another city if it had more or better options for getting around, and 66 percent said access to high quality transportation is one of the top three criteria they would weigh when deciding where to live. Nearly half of those who owned a car said they would consider giving it up if they could count on public transportation options. Up to 86 percent said it was important for their city to offer opportunities to live and work without relying on a car.” An American Planning Association poll, “Investing in Place,” suggests Millennials and Boomers want many of the same things: better transportation options, walkable communities, technology-enabled cities and housing that would allow “aging in place.” http://tinyurl.com/q55uk6m
> The New York Times reported that the NYC City Council passed “a package of bills framed as a piece of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. Modeled after a Swedish philosophy that treats all road deaths and serious injuries as inherently preventable, the initiative has become the centerpiece of the new administration’s transportation agenda. ‘These policies will make our streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike,’ Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Council speaker, at a news conference before the full Council vote.” http://tinyurl.com/m2krsa5
> AASHTO recently posted an infographic about what happens if the Highway Trust Fund dead-ends. At its Spring Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, AASHTO’s Board of Directors passed a resolution urging Congress to immediately ensure trust fund solvency. “Current USDOT forecasts anticipate delays to reimbursements to states as early as July, when most states will be in the middle of active summer maintenance and construction work.”
> “Walk with a Doc” programs are catching on in places like Kentucky, Connecticut, Colorado, Calgary, California and Wisconsin where doctors are stepping up to help their patients “take a step toward better health” (http://www.walkwithadoc.org). As individuals and employers face staggering costs to treat and insure an increasingly obese population, walking offers “surprising financial and health benefits.” Are you working with local, state and provincial health departments – on walking audits, street design guidelines or health impact assessments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to let us know.
> Let’s hope this idea doesn’t catch on: “It’s a horrible way to have to build roads or bridges, but along Huron River Drive alone we’ve had biking clubs help with two repaving projects now and we’ve rehabilitated two of our iron truss bridges in the last decade with the help of community involvement,” Road Commission chairman Doug Fuller said in an article in the Ann Arbor News. The article goes on to say, “It will cost approximately $150,000 to repave the half-mile stretch, $110,000 of which is coming out of the Road Commission’s funds from the state. The rest of the bill is being footed by the local cycling community.” http://tinyurl.com/o4p5fsd
> Walk or bicycle? An interesting new product called the Walking Bicycle Club offers a way to do both. If you see it or use it, share your thoughts about it with APBP via email@example.com
> The idea of a Walking School Bus is catching on in Rhode Island, Iowa and other states “because they are seen as a way to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely,” according to a May 26 article on Boston.com. “'In Sioux City, Iowa, nearly 1,000 children in 10 elementary schools use walking school buses during the spring and fall,' said Alison Benson, spokeswoman for the district. Benson said the program has helped the schools incorporate fitness into the morning routine and build a sense of community.”
> This TIGER is feeling oversubscribed! In the sixth round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, the USDOT received 797 eligible applications totaling $9.5 billion or 15 times the $600 million set aside for the program. Two hundred more applications were received than in 2013.
> Six useful new reports you should know about:
Modes Less Traveled - Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States: 2008-2012 (TRB, May 2014). “The U.S. Census Bureau has released a report that focuses on bicycling and walking to work, including strategies that can promote non-motorized commuting. The report includes supplemental tables that present the percentage of workers who walked or biked to work in small-, medium-, and large-sized cities.” http://tinyurl.com/qjczvhn
Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment: 2014 Update (American Public Transportation Association). The report examines how investment in public transportation affects employment, wages, business income and the economy as a whole. http://tinyurl.com/ma6sldu
Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data: Pedestrians (DOT HS 811 888) http://tinyurl.com/ksmdpvn
Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data: Speeding (DOT HS 812 021) http://tinyurl.com/ono62ob
Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. In 2012, 10,219 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes; speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes. Speeding-related fatalities increased by 2 percent from 10,001 in 2011 to 10,219 in 2012.
Dangerous by Design 2014 (Smart Growth America, May 2014). “More than 47,000 people were killed while walking in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012, a rate that has been rising in the last few years." The majority of those deaths could have likely been prevented with safer street design, according to this new report. http://tinyurl.com/q34ox63
Every Bicyclist Counts (League of American Bicyclists, May 2014). Analyzes bicyclist fatalities during a 2-year period (40 percent of all cyclists were killed during a rear end collision; 44 percent of fatalities occur on urban arterial roads). The League seeks performance measures on bicyclist safety – at the federal and state level, saying “A national performance measure would push states that already include bicyclist safety in their Strategic Highway Safety Plans and ensure other states also make bicyclist safety an area of emphasis." http://tinyurl.com/nfozkge
> Congratulations to APBP Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dan Burden for being honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in Transportation. “For more than 35 years he has worked to inspire leaders in 3500 cities on ways to design cities for people first; still accommodating the auto. His work helps define the future of transportation; and is now celebrated with thousands of new innovations giving full support to walking, bicycling, transit, and living in place; driving less, enjoying life more. Dan has proven his ability to energize leaders of towns and cities to help them frame and focus on their assets, get beyond their barriers, raise the bar in design of place. He has an ability to help them focus on their values and become believers in their future, achieving their hopes and dreams, and once momentum is gained, expand to the rebuilding of their entire community.” http://tinyurl.com/3tqd9zw Way to go Dan! To see APBP’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dan Burden in action, watch his TedX talk: http://tinyurl.com/k49smwv
> June 10-11, Washington, D.C. Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit
> September 8-11, Pittsburgh, Penn. Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place pps.org/pwpb2014
> January 29-31, 2015, Baltimore, Md. New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. This interdisciplinary conference highlights the benefits of walkable, livable, bicycle-friendly communities and inspires meaningful partnerships across professions. newpartners.org
> Las Vegas seeks winning economic development ideas from global design and land planning community; offers up to $900,000 in cash prizes for effective solutions. Learn more here.
Education & Training
> June 12, 2pm ET - America Walks webinar: "Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey" Register here: http://tinyurl.com/kz6q5fo
> June 18, 3pm ET - APBP webinar: "Calming Arterial Streets for Safer Walking and Cycling" Register here: http://www.apbp.org/event/Jun-18_webinar
> June 19, 2pm ET - National League of Cities webinar: "What's Walking Got to Do with It? A Look at the Economic and Social Impact of Walkability" Register here: http://www.nlc.org/walk
> July 2, 3pm ET - APBP webinar: "Green Lanes and Accessibility" Register here: http://www.apbp.org/event/GLP_070214
Welcome New Members
Join us in welcoming these new members who joined APBP in May. Connect with them online: sign in to www.apbp.org and search the member directory.
Mary Anderson; Amy Bell, State of Vermont; Beth Carson, Genesis; Michael Connor, The RBA Group; Jason Koch; Nancy Kraushaar, City of Wilsonville, Ala.; Eileen McCarthy, D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council; Calvin Mingione; Eric Oberg, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Tom Sexton, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; John Paul Shaffer, Livable Memphis; Joshua Sikich, Alta Planning + Design; Robert Spillar, City of Austin, Tex.; Erica Warsh, Town of Ajax, Ont.; Ali Zaidi, City of Calgary; Christopher Ziemann, Chrisopher J Ziemann.
APBP Member News & Volunteer Opportunities
Ready to engage more deeply with your profession and the APBP community? Try this:
> Apply for or donate to the APBP Gihon Jordan Scholarship Fund (for PWPBPP).
Click here to apply; deadline is June 6.> Nominate an unsung hero today for an APBP Annual Award; the deadline is June 13. Click here. Award categories include Lifetime Achievement Award; Professional of the Year – Public Sector; Professional of the Year – Private Sector; and Young Professional of the Year (age: under 30).
Click here to donate; support the next generation of bike/ped professionals
> Start or join an APBP Chapter; click here for info. Chapters have formed in Southern California, San Diego, and the Bay Area; Vancouver, B.C.; Boston; and Washington, D.C.
> Join an APBP Committee or Action Team. It's as easy as 1-2-3:
> Now that summer's here, let's have some fun! Give us your ideas for books to read at the beach, movies to see in the lazy days of summer, songs to sing around the campfire, great places to visit on vacation – and remember to take great photos to share on the 2015 APBP calendar! Send this stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to the APBP Forum. Here are three movie suggestions from APBP staffer Phil Miller: The Bicycle Thief, Jour de Fete, and Six Day Bike Racer.
- Click here to see a summary of committees and action teams
- Sign up via the website for a group that interests you
- Committee chairs or staff will help you get involved at the level that's right for you.
If your travels bring you near Southeastern Wisconsin, stop by the APBP Global HQ for a day or two and enjoy a walkable, bicycle-friendly small town and a 30-mile trail that connects to Milwaukee County and Sheboygan County. Note: what we lack in air conditioning at APBP HQ, we make up for with some pretty good grub!
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Contributors to this newsletter include AASHTO, APTA, ASLA, Paula Bawer, Stefanie deOlloqui, Faiss Foley Warren PR, Feedspot, League of American Bicyclists, Local Government Commission, Mark Plotz, Philip Pugliese, Smart Growth America, Stefanie Seskin, TRB, WALC and the White House.